THE OLD VICARAGE A handsome 4 bedroom detached Victorian house built in 1900, at the end of a long private driveway standing in a generous sized plot extending to just under 0.5 of an acre. Centrally situated in a conservation area within a stones throw of the town centre and within a 5 minute walk of the mainline railway station. The property is constructed of red brick elevations beneath a tiled roof inset with double glazed sash windows. The current owners have carried out numerous improvements, having been careful to retain much of the original character typical to the era. A particular feature are the gardens which surround the property, having been designed by locally based Nigel Philips (FSGD MI HORT) and opened to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme and Burgess Hill in Bloom.The well presented accommodation includes an entrance vestibule, a grand reception hall with an impressive staircase to the first floor, an open fireplace with display alcoves either side and a polished parquet floor. From the reception hall there is a cloakroom, a study, a dual aspect sitting room with gas coal effect fireplace flanked either side by full length storage cupboards and a dual aspect drawing room with cast iron open fireplace with tiled insets and a mahogany surround. There is a kitchen/breakfast room fitted with a range of handmade pine cupboards with wooden worksurfaces, butlers sink and an integrated range style gas oven and dishwasher. Double doors lead to the hardwood conservatory/dining room, a wonderful room ideal for all seasons with underfloor heating and doors out to the eastern side of the garden. From the kitchen/breakfast room there is an inner lobby with access to a walk-in shelved larder, a utility room, a large boot room with a hallway leading on to a useful linen cupboard.On the first floor the L/shaped landing features 2 large windows, with a hatch to the substantial loft space. The dual aspect master bedroom has an ensuite shower room, with 3 further double bedrooms and a Victorian style bath/shower room featuring a large glass roof lantern, free standing
bath with claw feet and a separate shower cubicle.
GARDENS AND GROUNDSWooden electric gates (power not currently connected) give access to a long private tarmacadam driveway partially flanked by pleached lime trees and borders. There is ample parking available in front of a timber double garage, with a timber outhouse to one side which is divided into a machine store and fully insulated (12’5 x 8’2) home office.The professionally landscaped gardens are a particular feature with the property well located within its grounds, surrounded by beautiful formal and informal gardens. A paving slab and brick patio abuts the house with a brick pathway passing under a formal pergola leading to the eastern flank of the house. A lawned area surrounded by colourful borders continues round to the front of the property, which is laid to specimen plants including a fig tree, interspersed with brick paving.The remaining majority of the gardens are found to the northern side of the house and measure approximately 150’ x 95’ laid to a large expanse of level lawn flanked by borders with numerous fruit trees, water features and an octagonal summerhouse with power and light. To the rear of the garden, a rustic pergola leads to a large potager enclosed by box hedging with raised vegetable beds, fruit cages, 2 green houses and timber sheds. The whole garden is enclosed by hedging, backing onto the gardens that belong to the properties located in Park Road.